Rose Gertrude Namajunas, also known as the Thug Rose, is an American MMA fighter of Lithuanian
descent. An expert in Taekwondo, Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, she is currently competing in the
women’s strawweight segment of UFC and is the current champion.
Early Life and Career
Rose Namajunas picked up combat sports at a very early age, when she started practicing
Taekwondo at 5 years old. In the later years, she would also pick up karate, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing and
As an amateur MMA fighter, Namajunas had a perfect record of 4-0 between 2010 and 2013. She
went pro in 2013 at Invicta Fighting Championship 4. Her first match was against Emily Kagan and
she won it via submission. She also won against Kathina Catron in her second professional match,
but lost against Tecia Torres.
Career at UFC
Rosa Namajunas was signed by UFC in 2013 along with 10 other strawweight fighters for the season
20 of The Ultimate Fighter. In the first-ever UFC strawweight women’s championship, Namajunas
went till the final defeating the likes of Alex Chambers, Joanne Calderwood and Randa Markos. But
she lost out to Carla Esparza in the Finale in December, 2014.
In the next couple of years, Namajunas managed to bag victories against Anegla Hill, Paige VanZant
and Tecia Torres, to whom she had lost previously on Invicta FC. In 2017, she made happen one of
the biggest upsets in UFC history when she knocked out strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk
to become the new champion. It is important to note that Namajunas stated after her victory, that
she intended to use her new champion status to spread awareness on mental illness.
She managed to defend the title successfully in a rematch with Jedrzejczyk in 2018. But after that
she had to take a long break to recover from a case of spinal stenosis.
UFC Women's Strawweight Champion
Weight: 115 LBs / 52 KGs
|Professional Record Breakdown |
|Win||Joanna Jędrzejczyk||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 223||7-Apr-2018|
|Win||Joanna Jędrzejczyk||TKO (punches)||UFC 217||4-Nov-2017|
|Win||Michelle Waterson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis||15-Apr-2017|
|Loss||Karolina Kowalkiewicz||Decision (split)||UFC 201||30-Jul-2016|
|Win||Tecia Torres||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans||16-Apr-2016|
|Win||Paige VanZant||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant||10-Dec-2015|
|Win||Angela Hill||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 192||3-Oct-2015|
|Loss||Carla Esparza||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale||12-Dec-2014|
|Loss||Tecia Torres||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg||13-Jul-2013|
|Win||Kathina Catron||Submission (flying armbar)||Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson||5-Apr-2013|
|Win||Emily Kagan||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt||5-Jan-2013|